KATHUA, June 8: Union Minister for Northeast (Independent Charge) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh said today that there are many lessons to be learnt from the results of the recently held Lok Sabha election, particularly from the record victory margin of more than 3.57 lakh votes in Kathua-Udhampur-Doda constituency, and the biggest lesson is that the voter could see “Vikas”,which others could not. Click here to watch video
Addressing a rousing reception by BJP Karyakartas and supporters on his first visit after assuming charge as Union Minister for the second consecutive term, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the voter had moved ahead,while the political activists were still trying the tricks of the last election. He said,it is strange that despite repeated rejoinders, there was a sustained campaign in a section of political circle and a section of media that the development works being mentioned to have taken place in the constituency were untrue and that there was also a possibility of BJP losing the Udhampur-Kathua-Doda seat by a margin of nearly 1.5 lakh votes.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the underlying catch that was missed by these activists and media commentators is that the decision of victory or defeat in this election was based on the opinion of 70% voters, who were youth, who had a stake in development, who could see the development happening and who were also the beneficiaries of this development . An important lesson from the election outcome, he said, is that in future, anybody aspiring to be a representative of people will have to live up to the aspirations of these young voters and win them over through sincere hard work and commitment, because this is post-1990 generation of youngsters, who will not agree even with their parent’s view-point unless they are totally convinced.
Reiterating that the credibility and commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the greatest factor favouring BJP across the country, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Modi wave of 2014 got reinforced in 2019 because people saw how the various pro-poor schemes initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the poorest and the needy, without any consideration of vote bank, religion, cast, creed or region. The needy got Gas connection and the needy got electricity connection, regardless of whether he was associated with BJP or not, and this precisely motivated the common man to vote for Modi as Prime Minister and the head of a BJP led government, he added.
As for Kathua city alone, Dr Jitendra Singh referred to monumental development works which had happened in last five years. These, for example, he said, included centrally funded Medical College, centrally funded Engineering College, Keediyan Gadyal bridge, Industrial Bio-tech park, Seed-Processing plant, Passport office, Highway village, Kendriya Vidyalayas, nearly 12 BRO bridges, Birla Park, upgraded Dreamland Park, 3% reservation in educational institutions and jobs for youth living along the International Border, approval of mobile towers for border areas, network of roads, construction of passenger sheds and benches at Railway Station etc.